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Buying a Pellet Stove?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 31, 2013

If you bought a pellet stove in 2012, or if you are planning on buying one this year, then you can qualify for the Federal Tax Credit for Pellet Stoves of  up to $300.

Last year’s tax credit has been reinstated for 2013 and is retroactive for 2012. So if you are interested in buying a new pellet stove to cut down on your heating expenses, and it is at least 75% efficient you can receive up to $300 back.

The biomass stove federal tax credit allows for a 10% tax credit up to $300 for stoves bought in 2013 and it is retroactive, so that all eligible stoves purchased in 2012 can also get the credit.

if you are interested in a new pellet stove for  your Worcester home, contact Custom Insulation.

Save on Winter Heating Bills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It is snowing in Worcester today, and winter is right around the corner. Are you looking for a few ways to save on winter heating bills? Here are a few suggestions from Custom Insulation.

Proper insulation - This is probably the most important way to keep you home warm this winter. Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and between the inside walls. Heat losses can add close to 30 percent to your energy bill too.

Fireplaces and pellet stoves - This is a great source of heat and can warm a room quickly. But, a fireplace damper left open when not in use can let warm air escape and cold air to come in. Close after each use and more importantly, open before using your fireplace.

Energy audits - Your electric company will help you determine a pattern of usage to help you find ways of improving how you use energy.

Air leaks - Drafty windows, doors, and attics will allow air to come in and heat to sneak out. Check the weather stripping around your windows and doors and replace if worn. Next check any unfinished attic space. By sealing air leaks, you can see about 30 percent in energy savings.

Better and Easier than a Wood Stove

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Now that Thanksgiving is here, there is no denying that it is winter. It is time to consider a better way to heat your Worcester home.

Every homeowner loves a roaring fire in the fireplace. But there is a better, easier, more efficient way to have that fire. With pellet stoves. Wood fires are great, but the hassle of stacking fire wood, lighting a fire, and keeping it stoked is too much after a long day of work. A pellet stove is effective and practical and easy. It is the perfect substitute for an open fire and the right way to cut down on your heating bills.

Pellet stoves are as stylish as wood burning stoves but they far more efficient and much easier to use.

Interested in a pellet stove for your home? Contact Custom Insulation.

More Homes are Using Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Winter officially may officially start on Dec. 21, but those of us in Worcester know that winter weather is already here. For many of us, the cold weather not only marks the unofficial start to the holiday season, it also means high home heating bills are on the way.

It is expected that household expenditures for heating oil will increase 19% this year. If that estimate turns out to be accurate, it will mean households that burn heating oil will face expenditures higher than any previous winter on record.

Part of this increase is due to weather. The actual price increases of heating fuels are also a factor.

This year, the number of households nationwide that heat with wood is expected to reach more than 2.6 million, a 3% increase over last year.

There is a steady increase in the number of homes that use wood burning stoves and inserts as their primary heating source.

Storms and power outages caused by weather have a significant impact on the number of households exploring the use of wood or wood pellet stoves as their primary heating source, along with more people who want to take serious action to reduce their use of fossil fuels.

Wood pellets are easy and safe to store, and neither wood nor wood pellets are impacted by downed power lines or other short-term fuel delivery problems.

Of course, price will always be a factor in driving more use of wood and pellet heat. For information on decreasing your heating bills this winter through wood or pellet stoves, contact Custom Insulation.

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